Welcoming furry four-legged creatures into your world requires the new found parent to make a beeline for the pet supplies’ store and gather the necessities that equate, to the pets comfortable and stress free living. If you’re a first time parent, the experience can be a little overwhelming. But by being prepared for all of your pet’s needs, you’ll be able to concentrate on acclimating them to their new environment and begin training. Let’s take a look at 6 Essential Pet Supplies you need for your Pet!
Probably one of the most important Pet Supplies to begin with, is Pet Food. You are what you eat – and a healthy diet is a must at any stage of your pet’s life. There is a great deal of choice about how to feed and any food must be nutritionally balanced and provide all the nutrients your pet needs.
Cats are obligate carnivores – meaning they must be fed meat and dogs also have specific nutritional requirements. It might seem tempting to feed your pet the same food as you eat, but that’s not going to be nutritionally appropriate, nor is it necessarily what your pet would choose to eat. Unless your pet has been fed a totally inappropriate diet it is better to keep to the same food at least in the short term after first arriving at your home. Also water bowls are a must! Place them around the house to ensure that your pet has the opportunity to hydrate whenever they need to!
Leash / Collar
Collars and Leashes are definitely two items you need to check off on your Pet Supplies list. Like with water and food bowls, leashes and collars can be personalized and come in many varieties. There are retractable leashes, leashes with poop bag dispensers, leashes with padded handles, reflective collars, and LED light collars. Find what works with your pet and don’t feel bad about having multiple leashes. Different leashes can serve different purposes and it’s always smart idea to have an extra leash on hand. Slip leashes are excellent for this purpose as you can simply slip it over your pet’s head if there’s not a collar. It’s a great backup to have.
Your pet’s bed is their safe spot to relax and sleep. It should be comfortable, supportive, and enable them to stretch out. You will likely go through several beds in your pet’s lifetime. Once a dog becomes older the bed should provide the necessary cushioning for their joints. Pet beds are also great spots for your Pet to chill out, and if travelling, make sure you purchase a portable one so your pet feels a sense of familiarity in a different atmosphere.
Treats & Toys
What’s a precious new pet without treats to enjoy and toys to occupy them? The choices are unlimited but try focusing on treats and toys that serve a purpose—health, training, or stimulation. A scratching post for a cat is a necessity. Be sure to buy one that is tall enough for your cat to stand on his hind legs and stretch without exceeding the top. Also, check to see that the scratching post has a heavy enough base so that it won’t tip over. If you have more than one cat, buy each of them their own scratching post.
An effective stain and odor remover is a godsend and a lifesaver for any pet owner. Accidents, unpleasant smells, and everyday dirt are unavoidable aspects of owning a pet. Whichever stain and odor remover you choose, make sure it is safe for your pet and won’t damage the surface that it is applied to. Enzyme-based cleaners are extremely popular with pet owners.
Pet First-Aid Kit
You can buy a ready-made kit for your pet or create one yourself. Either way, a good pet first aid kit should have at a minimum the following items:
- Sterile gauze pads
- Adhesive tap
- Antiseptic wipes
- Antibiotic ointment
- Cotton balls
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Digital thermometer
- Optionally a muzzle
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